Re: [pepysdiary] Site News: Pepys on Twitter
- Phil, this is awesome. What a great, time-bending idea.
--- On Sun, 5/10/09, Phil Gyford <lists@...> wrote:
> From: Phil Gyford <lists@...>
> Subject: [pepysdiary] Site News: Pepys on Twitter
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> Date: Sunday, May 10, 2009, 2:28 PM
> Ever one to keep up with the latest technologies, Samuel
> Pepys has now
> started twittering regularly: http://twitter.com/samuelpepys
> He’ll be updating around three times a day, so
> feel free to follow him
> if you want to keep up with what he’s doing before he
> gets round to
> writing his diary at night.
> When thinking of putting Pepys on Twitter my first thought
> was simply to
> post a quote once a day, with a link to that day’s diary
> entry. But
> while compiling the quotes for upcoming days I realised
> that to be more
> in keeping with Twitter the account should update in real
> So, technology willing, the samuelpepys account should
> update regularly
> with quotes from that day’s diary entry as if Sam’s
> sending them as the
> events happen. Of course, I’ve guessed at the time of day
> each event
> happens, but they should make sense.
> The only oddity (well, aside from a 17th century Londoner
> using Twitter)
> is the days of the week not being in sync with our own —
> so while the
> time of day will be the same as ours (for those in the UK)
> Pepys will,
> for example, go to church on our Wednesdays.
> I’m aware that posting the day’s events during the
> course of the day
> could seem like spoilers for that night’s diary. The
> simple answer is to
> not follow the Twitter feed; the events won’t appear on
> so there won’t be any spoilers on this site.
> I hope the upside is that many people will now be able to
> keep up with
> Pepys’ life, even if in a minimal fashion, who wouldn’t
> usually read the
> diary at all.
> Many thanks to Phil Greg for donating the samuelpepys
> Twitter account
> for this purpose.
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